NASCAR Sprint Cup: Southern 500 time, TV, facts

04/10/2014 6:37 PM

04/10/2014 6:38 PM

What: 367 laps (501 miles)

Where: Darlington Raceway, a 1.366-mile paved, banked egg-shaped oval in Darlington, S.C.

When: 6:45 p.m. Saturday

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Matt Kenseth

Also this week: VFW 200, Nationwide Series, Darlington Raceway, 8 p.m. Friday, ESPN2.

Worth mentioning: Fan voting for the 2015 Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame has begun on NASCAR.com and concludes at noon May 20. The five nominees receiving the highest percentage of votes will comprise the Fan Vote ballot, which will be included among the 54 submitted by the hall’s voting panel.

Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not

HOT

Joey Logano: Welcome to the Sprint Cup Series’ winner’s club.

Jeff Gordon: He may not have a win, but he is the Cup series points leader.

Kyle Larson: Rookie has two top fives in the past three races and is looking forward to Darlington.

Chase Elliott: An awesome performance for his first Nationwide Series win.

JR Motorsports: The organization has the first- and second-place drivers in the Nationwide standings.

NOT

Weather: Now five of seven NASCAR race weekends have been negatively affected by bad weather.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Series points leader to first-out-of-the-race in a week.

Kevin Harvick: Has one of fastest cars each week, if only he could run the races problem-free.

Trevor Bayne: After a fast start to the season, he took a tumble at Texas.

Jim Utter

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